From poetry to fiction, image to text, and print to screen, my work explores the impacts of emigration and technology on culture, the re-creation of myths after migration, and the interstices that result.
The author ofÂ three print books and two electronic works of poetry, IÂ am currently completing my first book of fiction. I am the Poet Laureate for the City of Barrie, the second to hold office which I will hold until 2018. I am a writer member of PEN Canada, and a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada. I was the founding chair of theÂ Barrie Arts and Culture CouncilÂ from 2008-2012.
I served as web editor, and as a consulting editor, at Coach House Books from 1998â€“2004. During that time, I helped put our full front list online. From 1990â€“1998, I ran the micro press fingerprinting inkoperated, producing chapbooks, leaflets and broadsides by authors such as Nelson Ball, Daniel f Bradley, Christian BÃ¶k, jwcurry, MAC Farrant, Gerry Gilbert, bpNichol, David UU, Darren Wershler, and Alana Wilcox. For a short time in 1995, my brother, Dominic McIver Lopes, and I ranÂ Caju Press.
Born in Aberdeen Scotland and raised in Toronto Canada, I trace my family over much of the globe, including the UK, New Zealand, Tanzania, India and Portugal. I graduated as a music major from the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and English major from McGill University. Having cottaged in Simcoe county throughout my childhood, I now live in Barrie Ontario with my wife and son, and cottage farther north.